The secret judges of the secret court which secretly rubber stamps in secret decisions the secret espionage carried out against American citizens are upset about the “perception that the court works too closely with the government.” Trying telling it to a judge:
The perception that the court works too closely with the government arises in large part from the tribunal’s “ex parte” nature, which means that unlike in a traditional court, there is no legal sparring between adversaries with the judge as arbiter. Instead, a Justice Department official makes the case for the government agency seeking permission to carry out surveillance inside the United States. No one speaks for the target of the surveillance or the company that is ordered to allow its networks to be tapped or to turn over its customers’ data.
Some critics say the court is a rubber stamp for government investigators because it almost never has turned down a warrant application. However, that high batting average doesn’t take into account changes the court requires in some requests and other applications that the government withdraws.
For about 30 years, the court was located on the sixth floor of the Justice Department’s headquarters, down the hall from the officials who would argue in front of it. (The court moved to the District’s federal courthouse in 2009.) “There is a collaborative process that would be unnatural in the public, criminal court setting,” said a former Justice official familiar with the court.
The utter corruption of the judiciary shown in its contemptible failure to perform its constitutional function may be the most dangerous aspect of the NSA assault on our rights.
The usual suspects compete to condemn Paula Deen for her apparently private use of the word “nigger” many years ago. Very few question those who use the same word, and other equally offensive words, for financial gain while promoting racial and gender stereotypes.
Some suggest that determining what is indecent public speech depends upon the race of the speaker.
There is no separate set of “rules” for decency in public speech depending on your race. Are we back to measuring bloodlines? One standard of decency for octoroons and a second standard for quadroons? If so, there is no decency left.
What must be addressed is the bullying, fear and cowardice inherent in confronting those in presently unfavorable racial groups for indecent public speech while celebrating equally despicable public speech by members of untouchable racial groups.
Mayor Bloomberg pointed out the obvious today regarding the very successful NYC “Stop & Frisk” crime prevention program which has been under attack for profiling “young men of color.” Critics ignore crime statistics which show, year after year, that 90-95% of violent crime in NYC is committed by “minorities” against “minorities.” Most mainstream media outlets focus on minority victims and ignore the inconvenient fact that the perpetrator is nearly always black or Hispanic. And so the “racism” industry explanation for minority crime continues. Bloomberg has has enough:
“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they say,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show, in response to the City Council passing two bills aimed at reining in the controversial policing tactic.
“I don’t know where they went to school but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.”
The mayor was referring to statistics showing that a majority of serious crimes in the city are carried out by young men of color.
The New York Post story noted that “[e]ighty seven percent of all stops last year were for blacks or latinos, who constituted 90 percent of murder suspects, according to city stats. Only nine percent of stops were for white people, who made up 7 percent of all murder suspects.”
The Mayor then added that:
“People say, well you know, cops shouldn’t be stopping so many of any one group,” he said. “The cops’ job is to stop so many of groups fitting the description. It’s society’s job to make sure that no one group is disproportionately represented as potential perpetrators.”
New Jersey’s very own version of the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, will stop the presses permanently at year’s end unless it wins major concessions from its production unions. The newspaper, according to publisher Richard Vezza, feels “pushed into a corner” by the unions.
The Star-Ledger’s lament is made without a trace of irony despite its relentless vilification of other businesses threatened and destroyed by union tactics.
The unions reacted predictably:
“Vezza’s announcement that he will cease publication unless a settlement is reached with all the unions is another sad and pathetic attempt to pound all of our union brothers and sisters into a state of submission,” said Ed Shown, president of the Council of Star-Ledger Unions and one of the Teamsters locals.
Perhaps the Star-Ledger can again follow the lead of its mentor, the New York Times, and crawl, hat in hand, to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
Former New York State Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey reports that taxpayers will spend billions to fund permanent Obamacare implementation and outreach programs which will not only sign up potential Obamacare subscribers but will also register the uninsured to vote (as Democrats of course) and enroll them in any other available welfare programs.
Of course, the outreach will be done by reliable Democrat voter recruiters like the NAACP, SEIU and AFL-CIO, among others.
Who doubts that the Schumer/Rubio Amnesty bill includes similar outreach programs designed to draw illegal immigrants and their friends and families “out of the shadows” and into the taxpayer-funded, Democrat-voting welfare complex?
New York Governor Cuomo’s casino gambling gambit will allow for four casinos in New York State and their locations will be chosen by “Cuomo and legislative leaders.”
And guess what? Cuomo and the legislature will be free to accept contributions from potential casino operators despite a prior Cuomo promise to ban such gifts.
If casino gambling is beneficial to communities then why not apply such policies state-wide? It’s really very simple. Legislation and tax policies which provide benefits to all citizens yield fewer votes, political contributions and favors to Democrats than “targeted” proposals. The Democrat guiding principle is to divide us into groups, and then to threaten punishment to certain groups while offering rewards to others.
Despite the Democrats incessant bleating about “fairness,” unequal treatment of both groups and individuals is essential to Democrat electoral success. Graft, envy and anger are the keys to Democrat hope and change.
Manhattan Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, a gay womens rights advocate from Greenwich Village, recently threatened a (rare) NewYork City Republican Assemblywoman for daring to call for serial sex abuse facilitator Sheldon Silver to step down as NYS Assembly Speaker in the wake of nunerous sexual abuse and harrassment scandals involving Democrat Assembly members:
“Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) was overheard telling Republican colleague Nicole Malliotakis that there would be consequences if the GOPer kept calling for Silver to step down over the Vito Lopez sexual-harassment scandal.
“You’ve been in the paper a lot talking about the speaker. You should quiet down before someone starts playing games with you,” Glick told Malliotakis on the floor of the Assembly, according to a person who overheard the conversation.”
Speaker Silver has a long history of aiding and abetting the sexual harassment of women in the New York State Assembly and hiding such abuse through the use of taxpayer funds. Actual abuse of women doesn’t matter to feminists. The so-called Empire State Gay Pride Agenda is, like all Democrat front groups, concerned primarily with power, not pride.
As most of us know, actions have consequences. The potentates of Detroit have ignored the inevitable consequences of their fiscal and moral profligacy for over forty years. Now the rest of us will pay the bill in one way another, whether through state and federal bailouts or through higher municipal and state borrowing costs. The architects of the disaster will pay no price, rather, most will collect lucrative pensions.
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to suspend payments on $2 billion of Detroit’s debt threatens a basic tenet of the $3.7 trillion municipal market: that states and cities will raise taxes as high as needed to avoid default . . .
“It definitely sets a precedent, and there’s definitely going to be a penalty going forward for the city and the state,” said Dan Solender, director of munis at Lord Abbett & Co. in Jersey City, New Jersey. The company oversees $19.5 billion of local debt.
The Brazilians are upset about bus fares, the cost of the World Cup and taxes, among other things, in their once happy socialist paradise. Does promising to satisfy every whim in exchange for votes lead to ever stranger whims? Guardian.co.uk reports:
“Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, and key ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on Friday following a night of protests that saw Rio de Janeiro and dozens of other cities echo with percussion grenades and swirl with teargas as riot police scattered the biggest demonstrations in more than two decades . . .
A vast crowd – estimated by the authorities at 300,000 and more than a million by participants – filled Rio’s streets, one of a wave of huge nationwide marches against corruption, police brutality, poor public services and excessive spending on the World Cup.
Clashes were reported in the Amazon jungle city of Belem.”
Gallup reports that US investor optimism is at its highest point since Obama took office. This is, of course, attributable to $85 billion dollars being printed each month by Ben Bernanke and the Fed and used to purchase US Treasury Bonds, thus inflating the equity bubble. Bernanke has signaled that the party may be over, however. Markets have reacted accordingly.
On the other hand, Americans, and the world, are not feeling the love for Obamanomics (don’t hear the media use that term much anymore).
Can’t Bernanke replace Obama, rather than vice-versa? Guess not. Rough times ahead …